May 14 event to raise funds to send vets to D.C.

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The new Rock River Valley Chapter of Veterans Network Committee (VNC), McHenry, Ill., will host a viewing of the Honor Flight movie at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, in Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford. All money raised will go toward sending six veterans from the Rock River Valley on a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., to view the World War II memorial and other memorials.

The Honor Flight Network is a national organization that flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials, all at no cost to the veteran. Through the end of 2012, Honor Flight Network has transported more than 98,500 veterans to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials. The program presently has 127 hubs in 41 states. However, up until now, veterans in the Rock River Valley who were interested in participating in Honor Flight would have had to add their names to long waiting lists in Chicago, McHenry or other Honor Flight hubs.

The new Rock River Valley Chapter, in partnership with the Veterans Network Committee Honor Flight hub in McHenry, Ill., has begun its fundraising efforts to send six veterans from the Rock River Valley and their guardians on the trip in 2014. This year’s trip dates are Aug. 21-23. The three-day trip is absolutely free for veterans. Trip includes airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, meals, and tours of the World War II memorial and the rest of the National Mall.

In accordance with Honor Flight regulations, top priority is given to the senior veterans — World War II survivors, along with those other Veterans who may be terminally ill, which may include veterans of the Korean War and Vietnam War. Although WWII veterans supersede all other applicants, the hope is to eventually serve all veterans who apply to the Rock River Valley Honor Flight.

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax deductible. Contact Janine Idstein, Rock River Valley Honor Flight representative, at (815) 298-2556 or for more details. Also, visit the Veterans Network Committee website at or the Honor Flight website at

Posted May 7, 2014

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